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The Week Starts Here----Dr. Mario Martinez Q&A Open Phones

Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr. Mario Martinez, in conversation with producer/host Veronica Faisant, reveals details of his own background, underscoring pivotal experiences which, in retrospect, proved catalytic in the creation of his Biocognitive theory and research. Tune in & call in (800) 958-9008

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A little tidbit for Veronica

A little tidbit for Veronica and other listeners. I was going back and forth Sunday night and heard that before I called, Dr. Martinez mentioned a community in Pennsylvania where an Italian community ate meat, ate pasta and drank wine, and had notably healthy hearts. I have known about this study for 20 years, from NAAFA's publications. I knew about this study before I knew about KPFA. It is the Roseto study, named after both the town in PA and the town in Italy from which many of them came. And one of the reasons this study's results raised eyebrows and got coverage was that, as one article describes, "The study concluded it was not diet related. The Rosetans' Mediterranean diet was altered to some extent by the unavailability of products such as olive oil. Instead, the Rosetans cooked with lard, smoked heavily, and many struggled with obesity." Not sure if struggle was the Rosetans' own attitude toward their adiposity, or yet one more cultural portal imposed by this particular journalist. The general description seemed to indicate it was not really a topic of struggle in their minds. It may have become one for those who left and were studied in the urban settings where they would have been exposed to the more mainstream interpretations of body image, and it was raised that this may have played a role in the subsequent maladies of this part of the group.

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